‘Avatar’ to re-release in UAE theatres on September 22
A new trailer for the film was shared Tuesday.
James Cameron’s Avatar is coming back to theatres worldwide on September 23 in remastered 4K High Dynamic Range format, Disney and 20th Century have announced.
And while the worldwide re-release of Avatar is slated for September 23, it will release on Thursday, September 22 in UAE and the rest of the Middle East, as per a report.
The epic sci-fi film’s re-release comes three months before the arrival of its much anticipated sequel Avatar: The Way of Water on December 16.
Avatar, starring Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana, will be available for a “two week limited engagement”.
The official Twitter handle of 20th Century shared the new trailer of the 2009 movie on Tuesday.
“On September 23 #Avatar returns to the big screen for a limited time only. Watch the new trailer now,” read the tweet by the studio.
Cameron’s Avatar became the top-grossing film of all time at the worldwide box office with more than $2.8 billion in revenues. It was nominated for nine Academy Awards including best picture and best director, and won three Oscars, for best cinematography, production design and visual effects.
In 2010, a special extended theatrical re-release of Avatar exclusively in 3D theatres and IMAX 3D fetched $44 million worldwide. Early last year, the re-release of the movie in China raised $57.7 million.
According to Deadline, Disney+ has removed Avatar ahead of the theatrical re-release. However, it will return to the studio’s streaming platform at a later date just before the release of Avatar: The Way of Water.
The film will still be available to rent digitally on other OTT platforms such as Apple TV and Amazon Prime Video.
In early May, the makers revealed the first teaser trailer for Avatar: The Way of Water, shortly after CinemaCon, the annual gathering of theatre owners.
Worthington and Saldana return as Jake Sully and Na’vi Neytiri in the sequel.
“Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, Avatar: The Way of Water begins to tell the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri, and their kids), the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive, and the tragedies they endure,” says the official synopsis.
Avatar: The Way of Water will also mark the return of Sigourney Weaver as Dr Grace Augustine and Stephen Lang as Colonel Miles Quaritch. The new entrants include Vin Diesel and Kate Winslet, who had starred in Cameron’s 1997 hit Titanic.
For her role, Winslet learned to hold her breath underwater for the movie and ended up breaking Tom Cruise’s record for the longest underwater breath-hold in a feature film, reported Variety.As for what it was like reuniting with Cameron so many years after Titanic, Winslet told the magazine, “Jim and I are both totally different people now to who we were 26 years ago. He is calmer, and I am definitely more hyperactive now!”